Jan 18, 2017

7 courses that will help your career in IT security

7 courses that will help your career in IT security

by Yolanda Graham

According to Michael Brown, CEO at Symantec, the world’s largest security software vendor, the demand for cyber security professionals is expected to rise to 6 million globally by 2019.

The demand is mirrored in the Malaysian job market, with the Critical Skills Monitoring Committee including various IT security jobs in the 2016/2017 critical occupations list.

That’s good news for anyone who has a deep interest in pursuing a career in technology security.

What are the basic requirements?

The three main ingredients for a successful career in cyber security are interest, certifications, and experience. Hiring companies want proof that you have the right technical experience, and that you are dedicated to keeping up to date with the latest developments. Information security professionals who have the right combination of credentials and passion have a higher chance of getting hired and receiving better salaries.

Will a degree in IT help?

Many employers require candidates to have at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant field. While experience and certifications will be of a higher value when it comes to landing a job in cyber security, a bachelor’s degree lays the foundation for career advancement in the future. Studying for a bachelor’s degree teaches you communication, writing, and business skills that are valuable to career success, no matter what field you choose.

What about certifications?

Professional certifications are valuable whether or not you have years of experience in information security. Certifications equip you with specialist skills and demonstrates your competence to employers.

Here, we highlight courses and certifications that are available on JobStreet Education that will help you in your career in IT security. Click on the titles to find out more about course duration, key topics and possible career outcomes related to each certification.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

This CEH certification teaches you the hacking tools and knowledge that cyber attackers use to penetrate network systems.

CompTIA Security +

This is a popular CompTIA base-level security certification that is both vendor and product-neutral. This certification covers the essential principles for network security and risk management and is known to be an important basic credential for IT security professionals.

CompTIA Network+ Certification

This is a vendor-neutral certification that proves an IT professional's expertise in managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, installing and configuring basic computer networks.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is an information security certification developed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)². It is a globally recognised, vendor-neutral standard that proves an IT security professional's technical skills and experience in implementing and managing a security program.

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP)

Recommended for IT professionals with at least five years of experience, the CASP certification proves your competency in enterprise security, risk management, research and analysis, and integrating computing, communications, and business disciplines.

Cisco Certified Network Associate – Security

For careers as a security specialist, security administrator and network security support engineer, a CCNA Security certification is recommended. It validates that you have the skills to develop security infrastructure, recognise network threats and vulnerabilities, and mitigate security threats.

Cisco Certified Network Professional – Security

The CCNP – Security certification proves that you have the skills required to implement and support a network-wide security solution. The course covers deployment, support and troubleshooting Firewalls, VPNS, and IDS/IPS solutions for networking environments.

Original source: JobStreet

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